The Hidden Dark/Deep Web

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

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“The dark of the web is illuminated from within.”
Anthony T.Hincks

The internet is a place that everyone knows. But what about the deeper and the darker places of the internet? The encrypted network exists between internet servers and clients. It is contents of databases and services that for one reason or another cannot be accessed by conventional search engines. The content can be illegal and information not normally shared on the internet that anyone can use and access. Differences being that the deep web is privately owned full of records, documents and reports and the dark web is anything goes.

Not everything on the deep/dark web is illegal. But is does happen more often than you may think. The dark web is a dangerous place. Only experienced computer users should browse the dark web. I would only try if I knew 100 percent that nothing would go wrong. Viruses using JavaScript would be a big risk. Also I have no idea how to begin making my internet anonymous or untractable. The most popular program to access the dark web is The Tor Browser. As of current times nothing is entirely secure in accessing the dark web.

99 percent of the internet you can not google is the deep/dark web. To bad it is difficult to use as each site on the deep web requires specific software configurations or authorization to access. How did this begin? Paul Syverson, David Goldschlag and Michael Reed, mathematicians at the Naval Research Laboratory, began working on the concept of “onion routing” in 1995. Their research soon developed into The Onion Router project, better known as Tor, in 1997.

So why is the content on the dark web so bad? The hidden services in the dark web include extremism, pornography, hacking, illicit drugs, forums, banned books, hitman, gambling, stolen credit cards, guns, human trafficking, counterfeit, whistleblower, markets, fraud, botnets and much more. While the dark web outgrows the normal website everyday, 30,000 websites on the dark web are hacked everyday. The dark web is an interesting concept and I see why it was a part of the hit show Mr Robot.

In conclusion, is the dark web worth it? Maybe if you’re a master programmer with nothing to lose. But more and more disturbing stories are coming out from the dark web. Such as the intellectual dark web and gaining half a million dollars a day. Even the terrorist group ISIS has used the dark web for propaganda, recruiting and fund-raising. I recommend not using the dark web to gain new information or services. You can find quality information and services on the normal internet or in life without any potential risks.

“There’s a compounding and unraveling chaos that is perpetually in motion in the Dark Web’s toxic underbelly.”
James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology

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